WiMAX equipment revenue gathering steam
Elsewhere in the world of WiMAX, equipment revenue for the technology hit $142.3 million in 2005, a surge of 759 percent versus 2004, according to Infonetics Research.
That figure is expected to reach $1.6 billion in 2009, the research firm added.
In the fourth quarter of 2005, WiMAX revenue topped $46 million, with units reaching the 33,000 mark. About 47 percent of the total revenue was from base stations, and the balance from CPE.
For all of 2005, 42 percent of WiMAX gear was for North America, 30 percent for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region, and 24 percent for the Asia Pacific.
"Thirst for broadband is driving demand for more bandwidth, with enterprises connecting more sites and service providers connecting more POPs, WiFi hotspots, and increasingly, 3G base stations," said Infonetics Analyst Richard Webb, in a statement. "They need to do this cheaply and wired solutions are not always available or cost-efficient. That leaves WiMAX with a big future, as it offers a viable wireless solution to growing broadband connectivity and backhaul demands."